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Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Gloucestershire is a diverse county covering 1,024 square miles and with a population of more than 600,000 people.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is part of the County Council. The Chief Fire Officer’s suite of services also incorporates other community safety related services such as Emergency Management, Trading Standards, Coroners and Road Safety.

The Service is administered from its headquarters in Quedgeley which is shared with Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service have 21 Community Fire Stations with 33 front line fire engines strategically located across Gloucestershire. As a predominantly rural fire and rescue service, 16 of its 21 stations are staffed entirely by on call firefighters.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Western fire region

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts – 2019/20

Service Area

1,024 square miles


0.64m people
up4% local 5 yr change


49% wholetime firefighters
51% on-call firefighters
0.56 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down9% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


21 stations
33 fire engines


2.1 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
3.4 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
3.0 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£18.64 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Mark Preece